Welland's World War I Efforts
War I: Welland Efforts by Risto Turunen, Lambeth, Ontario. Painted in 1990
at 57 Division Street (Columbus Hall) 16' by 16'. The mural illustrates
Welland's efforts to support Canada's involvement in World War I.
image of the four men on horseback is based on a photo of the 'Welland
Canal Force' of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment guarding the Welland Canal.
The soldier on the left is based on a photo of a local Welland soldier.
The lower left corner is based on the image of a group of women in front
of a streetcar, promoting the patriotic fund drive. The soldiers looking
out the windows are among the troops departing from the Welland Junction
train station. All the images used were from archival photos from the Welland
area. I tried to keep the likeness fairly close to the original photographs,
in particular the large image of the officer on the upper left hand side."
Virtual Guide's Comments
on old photographs, there is an interested juxtaposition of the nearly
faceless groups alongside the detailed likeness of the young soldier. This
point and counterpoint drives home the notion that the men and women of
Welland who went to war each made a personal sacrifice, and perhaps, for
the ghostly men on the train, the ultimate sacrifice. Included in the mural
are the boys leaving for the trenches of France, soldiers guarding the
canal, and the women who supported the effort at home. The sepia tone rendering
of the guards is suggestive of an old photo album, heightening the nostalgic
feel of the mural.
the Artist: Risto Turunen, Lambeth, Ontario
is originally from Scarborough, Ontario and is a self-taught artist with
a gallery in Toronto representing himself and his work. He is a graduate
of the four-year art program at Cedarbrae College in Scarborough. Following
his graduation, he worked as a designer and illustrator until, in 1979,
he decided to pursue a full-time career as a 'fine' artist. He became represented
by Nancy Poole's studio in Toronto in 1986.
has received many awards and obtained commissions from private and corporate
buyers across North America. Since 1989, he has mainly been involved in
freelance illustration and mural work. Risto has had many solo and group
exhibitions in recent years.
addition to his two Welland Murals, Risto has completed an indoor mural
in London, Ontario.